First, let me start off by quickly addressing my last post.  Judging by the comments I have received, it was not an enjoyable read for many of you, and for that I apologize.  If you want further clarification on what I was trying to communicate, I encourage you to read through the comments. My intention was not to be unkind, and I don’t ever want reading my blog to be a down spot in someone’s day.

With that said, I also want to say that I am a normal person.  I get frustrated, hurt, defensive, and insecure just like the rest of us.  I also have been known to speak my mind a little too openly on occasion and say something that was inappropriate or poorly thought through.  When writing this blog, my goal is always to share my most real self, and I hope in that sharing someone is taught, encouraged, or entertained.

This blog isn’t just a business for me, but is also a personal outlet, and sometimes my writing will be more of just my free-flowing thoughts rather than a presentation.  The risk with trying to be authentic is that the bad comes right out along with the good . . . but I find the rewards of authenticity greater than the risks.

So, I commit to my readers to continue to be authentic, and in return I hope for grace when the ugly shows up along the pretty.  I really am humbled by the thought that anyone takes the time to read what I write, and I so appreciate the interaction and comments that come from my readers.

Moving on . . . I wanted to show you all super quick makeover I teased about last week on my Facebook page.

nightstand makeover

Selling painted furniture is all about the before and after. Well this one took a bit more time being a “before” until I could turn it into an “after. This little art deco nightstand has been in my big boys’ bedroom for about a year, waiting for a makeover.  I waffled back and forth on painting it either navy, white, or gray, so much so that I eventually just gave up and left it as is.

When I saw this color of Fusion Mineral Paint though, inspiration finally struck:

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It’s called Champness, and it is a soft but saturated blue.  It dries a little darker than what it looks like in the jar, and I knew it would be the perfect color for the nightstand.

I did some very light sanding on the nightstand to try and smooth out the places where someone had previously stripped its paint.  Honestly, for a nice smooth surface I should have gotten out my orbital sander and sanded it much more. But for a $30 nightstand that I am keeping for myself, I was happy leaving it with some bumps on its surface.

Two coats of Fusion’s Champness, and a good overnight’s drying got me this:

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I apologize for these grainy pictures–the light in my boys’ room is just terrible!  But I hope you can get the idea of how cute this little guy is now.

I think the blue is the perfect accent to their gray walls, white beds, and navy curtains.

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I didn’t distress it at all because I wanted to stay true to the art deco look.

The handles had always bothered me, but I love now how they contrast with the blue.

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I left them as they were–their patina is perfect.

And again, because I used Fusion I didn’t have to do any waxing or top-coating of any kind. Once the paint fully cures, it should withstand the wear and tear of my boys just fine.

Another fun thing to share with you all . . . does anybody remember earlier this year when I shared my plans to DIY my kitchen?  As a part of my long-term design I want to collect and display some vintage kitchen tins, and I showed a photo of some French kitchen tins on Etsy I was obsessing over.

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A week or two after my post I noticed that the set had sold, and I had a very brief thought “Maybe someone bought them for me?”  But I convinced myself that was a ridiculous thought and set about looking for a different set.

Well, last night some friends from our church showed up with an early birthday gift for me.  As I unwrapped the box, I saw that the package was shipped from France–and I immediately knew what it was.

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Yes, the lovely French tin set is now mine.  I can’t believe it. I think it may be the most thoughtful gift I have ever received, and it was totally unexpected.

They are even more lovely in person than they are in photos.

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And the note that came along with the tins from the seller in France (along with a tiny Eiffel Tower) is just as charming.

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I’m motivated now to keep working on painting my kitchen cabinets so I can display these beauties properly.

A gift I will always treasure from some very dear friends.  It’s a birthday to remember.

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